Rolling Lessons

 rolling kayakJHKS instructor Emily Powell practicing her roll on the Snake River near Jackson WY


Learning to Roll With Rendezvous River Sports 

Rolling a kayak on the river or lake is one of the most rewarding skills out there! It is the skill that makes any kayaker truly self-sufficient. The skill of rolling takes a mixture of finesse and underwater patience to right the boat using just your body, boat, and paddle. All ages and abilities can learn to roll. Take a lesson from JHKS, learn to roll, and improve your skills and confidence out on the water. We offer three options for rolling instruction.








rolling at RRS

A Student nailing their roll in our pool, Jackson WY


Private Rolling Instruction - Any day May-September

We offer private rolling classes in our own deck pool at Rendezvous River Sports. We can teach you to roll or help you with an existing roll, offside roll, hand roll, or back deck roll. We encourage all of our students to take an Introduction to Kayaking lesson before taking a rolling clinic because having some boat control prior to your class makes learning to roll significantly easier.



$70/hour *may be limited during peak season*

Please call or e-mail for bookings.






Rolling Rec Center clasess

Rolling classes at the Rec. Center with Coach Max Pelosi


Introduction to the Rolling - 2 evening sessions

This introductory two-evening course is taught at the beginning of our season at the local Teton County Parks and Recreation pool. The warm water makes learning to roll fun and gets you ready for the season while there is still snow on the ground.

After a brief gear overview, you will learn how to safely enter and exit your boats on land and then in the water (wet-exits). Being comfortable upside down underwater is an important part of rolling so our instructors will work with you one-on-one to help you feel at ease. Next, you’ll learn basic paddle and boat handling skills, rolling with a float, the T-rescue and finally rolling. These steps break a seemingly difficult task into a fun and manageable skills. This clinic is ideal if you are a first-timer or if you’re a more experienced kayaker and you’ve had trouble staying in your boat. Rolling can also be a very useful skill for a touring kayaker and will improve your brace. After this course, you will be ready to jump into an Introduction to Kayaking Lesson.


2020 Dates Minimum 3 People  


April 27 & 29th, May 11 & 12 (Kids Only), June 1 & 3, June 8 & 10


$95 ($65 17 & Under)






Book 2 Night Rolling Course


Kids Only 2 Night Rolling Course


Rolling atthe rec center

Coach Max Pelosi helping a student with her roll at the Rec Center Jackson, WY



Open Pool

This is your chance to get into your boat in some warm water before the season starts. We have the latest new boat designs from our shop on hand and we encourage you to try them out. There is no formal instruction here, but we are always into giving you a tip on your roll or your flatwater cartwheel. Everybody is welcome to bring their boats or try out our equipment but we do ask that everybody knows how to safely wet exit before they jump in!


2020 Dates


Wednesday Nights  Feb: 5, 12, 19, 26    March: 4, 11, 18,     April: 8, 15, 22      May: 6, 20, 27


Kids 12 and under -that do not have kayak experience- must be accompanied by an adult.






Call now to make a reservation (307)733-2471 or write

Jackson Hole Kayak School is a permittee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and an equal opportunity provider

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